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14 Awesome Words That Really Existed (but sadly don’t anymore)

So are you running out of words to call someone, or do you just want to expand your vocabulary? These 14 awesome words – even though they sound funny (and fake) – were actually words that were once in dictionaries and encyclopedias. Feel free to use them, maybe even resurrect them from the grave.

1. Snoutfair: A person with a handsome countenance

Source: “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk

2. Pussyvan: A flurry, temper

Source: “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk

3. Wonder-wench: A sweetheart

Source: “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk

4. Lunting: Walking while smoking a pipe

Source: John Mactaggart’s “Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedia,” 1824

5. skybosh: An obsolete word for practical joking or tomfoolery.

Source: obsoleteword.blogspot.com/

6. Curglaff: The shock felt in bathing when one first plunges into the cold water

Source: John Jamieson’s Etymological Scottish Dictionary, 1808

7. Spermologer: A picker-up of trivia, of current news, a gossip monger, what we would today call a columnist

Source: “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk

8. Tyromancy: Divining by the coagulation of cheese

Source: “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk

9. Beef-witted: Having an inactive brain, thought to be from eating too much beef.

Source: John Phin’s “Shakespeare Cyclopaedia and Glossary”, 1902

10. Englishable: That which may be rendered into English

Source: John Ogilvie’s “Comprehensive English Dictionary”, 1865

11. Resistentialism: The seemingly spiteful behavior shown by inanimate objects

Source: www.ObsoleteWord.Blogspot.com

12. Soda-squirt: One who works at a soda fountain in New Mexico

Source: Elsie Warnock’s “Dialect Speech in California and New Mexico”, 1919

13. With squirrel: Pregnant

Source: Vance Randolph’s “Down in the Holler: A Gallery of Ozark Folk Speech”, 1953

14. Zafty: A person very easily imposed upon

Source: Maj. B. Lowsley’s “A Glossary of Berkshire Words and Phrases”, 1888

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